Reading and Prayer – February 7

1 Timothy 1:12-17 NRSV 

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the foremost. 

But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

We worship you, God our Father, Creator of all that is, Maker of all that lives, Provider of all that brings life to our world.

We worship you, God the Son, one with the Father, one with humanity, Redeemer of all who are lost and afraid.

We worship you, God the Spirit, the God’s presence in our world; God’s power in our lives, God’s light upon our path.

We worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, uniting our worship with all in our world who praise your holy name this day and forevermore. 

Help us to worship you in spirit and in truth, with hearts that are honest and open to your love, and to the needs of others. 

We confess, Father, that we have often closed ourselves to the needs of others, to the opportunities to love and serve, and so have time and again failed to bring glory to Your name.

We confess that we have done harm to ourselves and others, and that we have failed to prevent harm when we could have spoken, could have acted, could have cared. 

We confess that when others have harmed us, we have held grudges, offenses and even hatred in our hearts, rather than sought a path of forgiveness and reconciliation. 

We confess that our actions and our priorities, our inactions and our apathy, have led us farther away from, rather than closer to you and to your children. We have sinned. Hear our silent confessions, and as we seek forgiveness from you, bring to our minds those whom we need to forgive…

Assurance of Pardon

Hear the Good News! 

The one who came to us in self-sacrifice, compassion and love, 

and who gave his life that we might live, Jesus Christ our Lord,

offers to us the gifts of God, 

the gifts of repentance, of forgiveness, 

of a fresh start, a new beginning, 

a new Spirit, a life eternal,

lived in love and compassion by the strength of the Holy Spirit. 

Thanks be to God! 

Let us remove all selfishness, envy, and hatred from our hearts;   

Let us live as the Children of God.

Amen!